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Liverpool have come a long way and should hold their heads high despite 3-0 demolition vs Barcelona – Opinion



Liverpool opinion: Liverpool should not be ashamed after Barcelona loss

The trip to Barcelona didn’t pan out too well for Liverpool in terms of the scoreline. The Catalans ran out 3-0 winners in the first leg of the Champions League semi, and we need another fantastic night at Anfield to make it into a second straight final.

Luis Suarez stabbed us in the heart with the opener before Lionel Messi got a brace, his second goal was an incredible free-kick.

The Reds had their chances and on another day, we could have scored a precious away goal too, however, our players should hold their heads high despite the 3-0 loss.

Dominating Barcelona at the Nou Camp

Liverpool were great in the second half but we could not get that away goal. James Milner, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah should have all scored, but this just was not our day.

Stats from WhoScored added that we had 15 shots at the Barca goal compared to 12 for our hosts. We won 63% of aerial duels and shaded possession with 53%.

Barcelona’s attack was brilliant and our defence had trouble at times to contain the opposition, still, Joel Matip did a great job and so did Andy Robertson.

Mohamed Salah against Barcelona

Mohamed Salah against Barcelona

Joe Gomez was never going to be the attacking outlet that Trent Alexander-Arnold is, and Virgil van Dijk didn’t do all that great, but this was a quality performance just let down by our finishing.

The Reds weren’t overrun in the game, and went toe to toe with one of the best in the world.

Liverpool have come a long way from the days of a B-team going to face Real Madrid under Brendan Rodgers.

Jurgen Klopp went to the Nou Camp with a plan, and it worked for almost 90% of the game. The difference in the tie was Messi and Suarez being a thorn in the Liverpool defence.

This was also a real test for the team in Europe and shows that we still are a little short when it comes to taking on the best in the world.

Salah, Mane and Roberto Firmino are brilliant as a unit, but with the Brazilian not starting, the energy in the attack was missing.

Georginio Wijnaldum did an alright job in the attack, but he isn’t on the same level as Firmino in that position.

One last shot at glory

This was a learning experience for the Reds and Klopp will certainly be thinking of how to ensure such a result does not take place again.

Liverpool have taken us on a wonderful ride in the Champions League this season, and we have one more shot to make this campaign memorable at Anfield in a few days.

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European nights are always fantastic at our home, and if we start the game in full attack mode, there could be some scared Barcelona defenders that we could exploit.

Ditching a corporate job to follow a dream isn’t easy, but when football comes calling, who can say no? Been following the beautiful game since 1998. Liverpool addict, F1 fanatic!

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French journalist claims this World Cup winner could consider Liverpool move



Kylian Mbappe

French journalist says Kylian Mbappe will consider Liverpool move

Kylian Mbappe has already established himself as one of the best players in the world. Having won the World Cup with France, the youngster has carved out a reputation for himself.

According to ESPN (h/t Liverpool Echo), French journalist Julian Laurens has stated that the player views Liverpool as an attractive proposition. The stumbling block, however, is the fee which is expected to be around €300million to €350million – including bonuses.

Mbappe has been quite vocal in his admiration for Liverpool and recently praised the Reds for their mentality. (h/t Express)

An exciting prospect at Monaco, Mbappe has set the league alight since his move to PSG. He won the French Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019 and led the national team to the World Cup in 2018.

Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe is one of the best players in the world (Image credit: Getty)

In 2018, he was accorded the ‘Legion of Honour’ – France’s highest order of merit for his role in the national team’s World Cup victory. (h/t Daily Mail)

An expensive gamble

Liverpool are currently the European and World Champions. However, it is unlikely for us to pay anything close to the amount quoted. The same was stated by Jurgen Klopp in an earlier interview. (h/t The Times)

Apart from the transfer fee, Liverpool will also have to restructure their wage structure to accommodate the Frenchman. It would open a Pandora’s box that might disrupt the squad’s harmony. Laurens also went on to say that Real Madrid remain Mbappe’s dream move.

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There is no doubt that Mbappe is one of the world’s best. The Reds, however, must emphasize on buying for the system rather than tweaking a system to fit a player. Liverpool are already in possession of a team with its best years ahead. It will be interesting to see if Mbappe joins that unit.

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Liverpool interested in signing French teenager available for €100m



Liverpool tracking Rennes youngster Eduardo Camavinga

French teenager Eduardo Camavinga is enjoying an impressive season for Rennes in the Ligue 1.

The 17-year-old is having a breakout season and has made 28 appearances in all competitions for the Roazhon Park outfit, chipping in with a goal and an assist. (h/t Whoscored)

According to Calciomercato (h/t Liverpool Echo), Liverpool are interested in securing the signature of the youngster.

Camavinga has been at the club since the age of 11 and is the youngest player to win the French Ligue 1 Player of the Month award. (h/t Metro)

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Eduardo Camavinga celebrates for Rennes (Image credit: AFP)

The impressive youngster has also drawn interest from Manchester United, AC Milan, and Barcelona. According to the report (h/t Liverpool Echo), German giants Borussia Dortmund look to have gained the upper hand in securing the player and are now favourites.

One for the future?

Liverpool are currently well-stocked in the midfield and it is hard to imagine Camavinga breaking into the first XI.

James Milner is in the twilight years of his career whereas Henderson and Wijaldum will turn 30 this year. To that end, Camavinga could be potentially groomed to take their spot in the future.

Considered one of the best young players in the world, the 17-year-old has been likened to former Argentine star Fernando Redondo in his prime.

Camavinga is comparable to some of Ligue One’s more accomplished players (Source: Whoscored)

Camavinga is equally adept at playing in central midfield and defensive midfield. Rennes are understood to be holding out for €100million for the youngster.

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At the age of just 17, Camavinga has already made 31 appearances for Rennes and also made his debut for the French Under-21 side.

Liverpool have already been linked with the likes of Kai Havertz and also have Marko Grujic returning from his loan spell in the summer. Whether the Reds bid for Camavinga or not remains to be seen.

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French World Cup winner expresses admiration for relentless Liverpool side



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French superstar Kylian Mbappe amazed by ‘very good’ Liverpool

French superstar Kylian Mbappe has expressed his admiration for Liverpool amidst rumours linking him with a summer move to Anfield. (h/t Express)

The 21-year-old is the best young player on the planet and has expressed his admiration for Liverpool’s title charge this season.

Calling the Reds a ‘machine’, Mbappe has been impressed by Liverpool’s ability to attain a winning rhythm one match after the other.

Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe was PSG’s top scorer in the previous campaign (Image credit: Getty)

Mbappe was full of praise for the Merseysiders’ focus as they extended their unbeaten run in the league to 39 games.

The Liverpool faithful will be pleased to see the attention they have got from the French striker. Mbappe continues to be linked to Liverpool in spite of Jurgen Klopp labelling the player too expensive. (h/t Times)

Mbappe, however, chose to remain coy on his future and went on to assert his commitment to helping PSG win titles this season.

“At the end of the season, we will see. But now I’m focused on my game.”

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Liverpool are 16 points clear at the top with a game in hand and look set to end the 30-year wait for the league title. The Reds have already crowned themselves World Champions and are on course for a treble. With the Reds going from strength to strength; it is no surprise that we are grabbing the attention of talents such as Mbappe.

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